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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension - Film Review

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by Rebecca Kerr (subscribe)
Freelance writer/photographer living in Perth, Western Australia. Visit my website
Published January 5th 2013
A very different satire comedy film you should see
My friend contacted me one day raving about a movie that she and her partner had just watched. She stumbled upon it at a supermarket and the cover and blurb sparked her interest instantly. So it was not long until she had me around for a movie night and we watched this hidden gem of a film.

"The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The movie titled "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" is a wacky 1984 movie about a man named Dr Buckaroo Banzai, played by Peter Weller. Banzai is half American, half Japanese (hence the name) and is a physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, and rock musician. If you play close attention to the film you will also notice that this man has his own comics and arcade game. The movie even features Jeff Goldblum as his cowboy, neurosurgeon friend. Right now it is up to Banzai and his team of wacky sidekicks to save the world from a group of inter-dimensional aliens lead by the crazy Dr Lizardo, played by John Lithgow.

John Lithgow
Dr Emilio Lizardo played by John Lithgow

This is a crazy action/adventure/scifi film, filled with satire comedy and romance. This weird comedy will have you looking at the screen and mouthing 'what the?' quite often. Especially during the scene where the female lead is introduced and another scene where a random watermelon is pointed out.

Crazy cowboy
Jeff Goldblum plays the cowboy, neurosurgeon friend.

I actually really enjoyed this film. It was a little different from the usual Hollywood standard. I especially love it when you can watch a movie multiple times and each time you pick up something new. I really do wish this was a cult experience classic that we could all experience at the cinemas like the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In fact, let's start a petition.

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Why? A random satire comedy for something different
When: Released 1984
Where: This one might be hard to find. Ask your local Video Store.
Cost: Varies
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Definitely a wacky film! I've only managed to get through half of it so far but will persevere :D
by Tinderlocks (score: 1|26) 2167 days ago
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